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Valentine's Day
red rose guide

Tuesday February 14 2017

Valentines red roses from Waitrose Florist

Hi there,
Valentine's Day may be next year and seem like a long way away, but it's never too early to start thinking about how to treat your loved one.
With so many types of roses to choose from, it can be a bit of mine field knowing where to
start - which ones will they love? Which are the best quality? What do they look like? But this
is where my guide to Valentine’s Day roses can help you pick the right bouquet to leave a
lasting impression.
I've also answered your top 5 questions such as how to make your gift really special and when you need to order your roses by for delivery on Valentine's Day.
All the best,

Signed Chris Wood

Chris Wood
Head Florist, Waitrose Florist

Christmas from Waitrose Florist

Valentine's Day roses

Confused about the wide variety of roses you can send to your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Here, I’ll explain the varieties you can choose from at Waitrose Florist and their unique characteristics.

Sweetheart roses

A miniature variety, Sweetheart roses are the perfect rose for creating abundant arrangements, as their petite size means you can hand-tie plenty of them together.

Shop all Sweetheart roses

Upper Class roses

Our customers favourite rose every Valentine’s Day for their incredible value, Upper Class roses have beautiful red petals with a pretty
crinkled edge.

Shop all Upper class roses

Freedom roses

With their bright crimson red colour and velvety petals, Freedom roses offer the classic fluted open-rose shape - it’s no wonder they're one of our best sellers every year.

Shop all Freedom roses

Naomi roses

Naomi roses are top of the range, and the professional florists number one choice for their depth of colour, masses upon masses of petals and generous head size.

Shop all Naomi roses

Frequently asked questions about Valentine's Day

I'm not romantic normally so I want to surprise them - how can I make my roses really special?

It’s so easy to send a bouquet on Valentine’s Day with the ‘wow factor’ by adding something special from our range of extra gifts. You can choose from the classic combo of champagne and truffles to enjoy together, but for something more memorable, add a scented candle or a tin of love themed gingerbread - simply select from the range presented once you've selected your delivery date.

Your roses look really lovely in the the picture but what do they look like when delivered?

We want your Valentine to enjoy their flowers for as long as possible, so we deliver them in bud and although they won’t look the same as the picture straight away, after a few days, they will look just as stunning. To give you an idea, take a look at the pictures below.

A beautifully bouquet of roses

Delivered in bud

A Rose in a bud
A beautifully bouquet of roses

Partly open after 2 days

A rose starting to open up
A beautifully bouquet of roses

Fully open after 5 days

A rose fully open

When do I need to order my roses by?

You can order roses for delivery on Valentine’s Day up to 4pm Monday 13 February but to avoid disappointment, I strongly urge you to order sooner rather than later as roses and delivery slots are limited. My suggestion would be to have them delivered the day before and hide them somewhere cool like a shed or a garage.

What time will my roses be delivered on Valentine’s Day?

The beautiful flowers for your loved one will be delivered between 7am and 8pm - our carriers will be busy delivering everyone’s bouquet which is why the delivery window is quite long. If you want to surprise them on Valentine’s Day morning, have them delivered in secret on Saturday 11 February and arrange them yourself. And don’t worry if you’re not a dab-hand at popping flowers in a vase, I can show you how to arrange them in my video guide.

Hints & tips

Tip 1

Store in a cool and dry place until you want to present them

Tip 2

It sounds obvious but always follow the care instructions

Tip 3

Remember that roses can take a few days to start opening

Three tips from Waitrose Florist